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Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How much does it cost for a photographer for a wedding?

Finding the right wedding photographer can make a big difference for your ceremony. Nationally, the average wedding photographer’s price ranges from $800 to $1,000, but costs can be much higher in areas like Chicago, New York or Los Angeles where some couples spend $2,000 to $5,000 or more for the photographer they want.

Factors that can affect your wedding photographer prices include the photographer’s reputation and experience. Heavy hitters can command top rates, especially during wedding-season weekends. Day of the week also affects your cost. You may get a $200 discount on wedding photographer prices if you get married on a Friday in November rather than a Saturday in June.

Time onsite is also an important cost factor. Hiring a photographer to snap photos from the moment you wake up until after last call at the reception is going to cost more than five hours of pictures during the day. Multiple photographers, special lighting, and videography will also increase your costs. Ultimately you want to find someone who has a style you love and can provide the number of edited shots you want for a price you can handle. Learn more about hiring a wedding photographer.

How many photos should you get from a wedding photographer?

A professional wedding photographer will usually supply their clients with several hundred photos (200, 300, 400 or 800 and more). Some might even provide more than 1,000 photos. It ultimately depends on the photographer.

Wedding photographers will usually take several thousand photos but cut them down to the keepers. They also have to edit these photos. Typically, they will provide them to the clients on a digital hard drive, as an online download or even in a photo album with beautiful decorations.

What pictures should be taken at a wedding?

On your wedding day, your photographer should take pictures of the couple getting ready for the wedding, as well as a fun personality picture before activities begin. They should also photograph showstoppers like the bouquet, invitations, shoes, reception space, cake, centerpieces, rings and the veil. A generational photo with parents or grandparents is also special. There should also be photos of the bride and groom alone, the ceremony, the confetti-filled exit, and hair and makeup.

How long do wedding photographers stay?

A wedding photographer usually expects to work a full day. This gives them time to photograph the venue, cake, rings, shoes, centerpieces, invitations and other aspects of the wedding before the guests arrive. It also allows them time to get photos of the bride and groom alone, as well as the hair and makeup process and fun personality pictures. Then, they will work through all the parts of the wedding.

When should you take wedding photos?

Couples can take wedding photos before their actual ceremony, during cocktail hour (before the reception), during the wedding reception or even after their wedding. The least stressful time to do it is often before the ceremony when hair and makeup generally look their best, temperatures are usually lower because it’s earlier in the day and the couple won’t have to think or worry about it for the rest of the day.

What’s the best way to set up a consultation or an appointment with a photographer during the COVID-19 pandemic?

The best way to set up an appointment or a consultation with a photographer near you during the COVID-19 pandemic is by conducting an online search. Start by scheduling a call with the photographer. If possible, it may be better to use a video call service so that the photographer can get an idea of the site location. Take this opportunity to discuss safety measures you can take during this time, as well as whether it’s safe to complete the project now or simply postpone it.

How can I find out if a photographer is considered an essential COVID-19 service provider?

Consult your city or state’s government websites, which typically have information on which services are deemed essential during the pandemic. 

For national information, visit CISA’s page on Identifying Critical Infrastructure During COVID-19. Here, you can find 16 different types of essential infrastructure sectors that can continue operating unimpeded during the pandemic. But some, not all, jurisdictions follow CISA’s definitions of critical infrastructure.

Do photographers offer remote or virtual services?

Photography happens in person, but photographers may be able to offer other remote services safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, they may be able to offer editing and other post-processing services. 

If you see that a photographer is offering remote services in their profile, contact them and ask what those services include.

Can I use digital payments to pay for wedding and event photography services?

As digital forms of payment and money transfer are becoming more popular, wedding and event photographers are likely to use digital services. These include PayPal, Zelle, Google Pay, Venmo, Square Cash and more. As you search online for local wedding and event photographers, ask them if they accept digital payments and, if so, which ones you can use. And make sure to have a strategy in place for safe social distancing.

Reviews for South Lake Tahoe wedding photographers
Caroline N.
I was excited to have Ivan photograph our wedding in Tahoe after reading all of the positive reviews and am so bummed to leave anything less than a glowing review for any vendor. I am happy that he at least showed up, but utterly disappointed in his lack of direction and responsiveness. I was a photographer myself (currently a graphic designer) and know how much work goes into producing quality images. To show our appreciation, we paid him in full a month before our wedding, provided him with a catered meal and event timeline, tipped him generously, and let him leave early. A month after our wedding, I asked for a couple of "sneak peek" photos to put on our holiday card, then had to follow up a week later and again after that, causing us to send out our holiday cards very late. Over three months after our wedding, I followed up on our remaining photos and kept getting the run-around and outright lies, like telling me he's had them posted to our gallery for a month when I had been checking regularly and waiting patiently before asking well past when I thought was reasonable for him to notify us. He then provided only 68 photos, several very similar of the same subjects. He finally provided more photos after I conveyed my disappointment, but the photo collection as a whole is disjointed and does not tell the story of our special day as I had hoped. He didn't take any photos of the centerpieces, seating chart, or handmade decorations that I worked so hard on and received ample compliments on. Despite paying extra for him to photograph our traditional tea ceremony (before our contemporary wedding ceremony), we got mostly random photos of tea pots and guests but none of just me and my husband in our traditional attire. In fact, there are only a couple of frame worthy photos of the two of us throughout the entire day.
Ivan Duran PhotographyIvan Duran Photography
Katherine K.
Angela did such an amazing job with our wedding photos. I can’t say enough wonderful things about her. She has a very laid back style and is great at putting you at ease in front of the camera. She also has such a wonderful eye for getting the photos you want. I’m so happy we used her and will definitely be using her again in the future
Angela Meredith PhotographyAngela Meredith Photography
Thumbtack Customer
We had a couple's photoshoot at Hope valley, Lake Tahoe with a backdrop of fall aspen colors to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Tess was very accommodating in moving our initial date due to our desire for fall colors. She was regularly in touch before the photoshoot and checked on the fall color conditions. Tess was very flexible in the choice of location and also made us feel very comfortable during the photoshoot. She was very patient and had a great attention to detail while capturing the perfect lighting for every photo. The edited photos were not very satisfying however she was very quick to send unedited versions of the photos. Overall, a very satisfying experience and we would love to work with her again. We recommend her as you will get your money's worth!
Tess Hunt PicsTess Hunt Pics
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